Congressional candidate from NC, Jason R. Thigpen discussed his thoughts on the looming potential government shutdown, “A government shutdown would truly reflect the failure of our elected Representatives to do the very job they were hired to do – representing the people rather than grandstanding for themselves and the greed of self-service over public service. And let’s be honest…how are elected officials affected by a shutdown? They’re not – because their pay is protected by the 27th Amendment to the Constitution.”
When considering the proximity to which someone is impacted by a government shutdown you realize that most people supporting a government shutdown aren’t directly affected by it. If you try to depict all politicians and representative government as being greedy and corrupt, eventually people will embrace that belief and further it by finding a leader they believe to just be charismatic, no longer with the pre-qualifier of believing in what they do themselves. People want someone to believe in, so much so they’ll set aside their very ideals to find them.
Unfortunately, this charade appears to be a rouse being staged by a few Representatives to broaden a base of support for their cause by providing misdirection and misinformation to Americans that continue to hire these jokers to not do their job. I also believe the potential government shutdown is being used to keep the public focused on this issue in order to distract Americans from another piece of garbage legislation such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), which will invariably erode American jobs and the middle-class.
According to GlobalResearch.org, “the TPP has been drafted with an unprecedented degree of secrecy. While information has been kept from the public more than 600 corporate advisers have access to the treaty’s text. The Obama administration has kept the TPP classified, making it the first-ever classification of a trade agreement. In addition to denying public access to its text, the president has urged Congress to use Fast Track to pass the treaty…The United States is supposed to be a democracy; acting in secret to create the largest trade agreement in history makes a mockery of democracy.”
A study from the Center for Economic Policy and Research suggests the result of TPPA could be nearly 90% of workers experiencing a pay reduction with an economic increase of only 1/10th of 1%. Wow, that sounds like a real prosperous opportunity, huh?
Thigpen states, “The TPPA looks like a one-sided trade agreement full of false promises of being good for American business and may help deal another blow to an already strapped jobs market. If you, the American people, believe these righteous Representatives care about what happens to them or their community – well then just keep electing the “name you know” Representative whom you’ve never personally met, the one who doesn’t live anywhere near the community or neighbors they so fervently campaign to represent, the one whose kids do not go to school with your kids because that’s just how it is. Yet somehow you are tricked into believing they are out for the “working man” even though all evidence proves otherwise.
After serving in the Army I looked at America no longer as a country but as a people. Regardless of your race, religion, sexual preference, gender, or political party affiliation – we fought and still fight for every American.”
A government shutdown will have a detrimental affect on the community around the greater Wilmington area, as we have a very large population of active-duty service members, veterans, and families thereof whom are affected. It’s bad enough to realize the government doesn’t care about people – but it is excruciatingly difficult to swallow the notion that sacrificing so much for your community, state, and nation isn’t worth enough to pay you. What about when these men and women need someone to fight for them? It’s not their fault our elected Representatives refuse to do their job…but we keep right on electing the same ones over and over.
While one Party blames another, as usual, eventually they’ll reach a resolve whereby there will appear to be some hero save our American way of life. But the reality is; these Partisan games will only move Americans one step closer to seeing the “wolf in sheep’s clothing” with the Representatives they’re electing.
Thigpen adds, “It’s safe to say that one Party is just as bad as the other and knowing what I know now using an analogy from The Matrix, I’d be tempted to choose the blue pill instead of the red one. But I fundamentally believe in people and have to remain steadfast in my faith knowing the light at the end of the tunnel is that people have a choice in their Representatives, so yes there is hope. We just have to make a conscious effort to become more involved and more educated on these issues from reliable sources, not just one media outlet. We have to choose a better future for tomorrow not for ourselves today.”
So what’s the solution? Thigpen responds, “It’s simple; America needs to wake-up and elect middle-class Americans to represent middle-class Americans.”